Berkshire FHS Online Shop

Welcome to the shop

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For family historians who live in Berkshire — and genealogists and local historians whose research takes them to England's Royal County.

Based at The Centre for Heritage and Family History in central Reading, the Shop sells publications of Berkshire Family History Society, and those of other organisations, in electronic, print and microform formats. These include transcriptions, indexes, general and local guides for family historians, maps and a selection of local history books for Berkshire and its adjoining counties.

From the shop, you can:

Join the society
Join today for the membership year that started on 1st July

Renew your membership Renew now for the current membership year 2019/2020

Book your place for events at The Centre for Heritage and Family History. You need to book for courses, workshops, talks, walks, and visits. These events are very popular often selling out. Current events programme

July-September events programme

Purchase a publication

Order a database search

Make a donation to support the work of the charity


Savings for Members

Members can make useful savings when buying society publications, and when booking their own places for events at The Centre for Heritage and Family History.

Put in your membership number and the up to date coupon code when prompted in the Checkout process, and the saving is worked out for you.

Find the Codes in the latest Berkshire Family Historian, the society magazine. Read a sample edition here Registered users can read the latest edition, and back issues, in the Members' Area.

How to find items

  • Enter your search term in the search box – eg 'workshop', ‘census’, ‘talk’, ‘Newbury’, ‘probate’ – or
  • Use links in the publication categories to find what you need.

How to place your order

Choose your product(s), add to your shopping cart and go to Checkout.

Do this however you intend to pay for your purchase.

Checkout is a four step process:

  1. Confirm your details and the delivery address;

  2. Choose how you want your purchase to be sent to you;

  3. Decide how you wish to pay for your purchase.

    You can pay online, with a debit or credit card; or you can pay by posting a sterling cheque for your product(s) plus any post and packing charge, and

  4. Complete and confirm your order, noting terms and conditions

If you need more information, email the Shop This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or write to BerksFHS Shop at this address


Postage (current Royal Mail prices) is worked out automatically according to total packed weight of item(s) ordered and your chosen delivery method.

The Shop places four ‘cookies’ on your web browser – for your shopping cart, session identifier, type size and previous page. This process is described under the privacy link at the foot of this page. If you are unhappy with this, close your browser window and use the browser tools to remove the cookies. BUT — if you do this — you will be unable to use the online shop and will have to contact the society for a summary publication list.

Page reviewed 24th August 2019


Berkshire Marriages - 4th edition

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Berkshire Marriages Fourth Edition is now available to purchase here or face to face in The Centre for Heritage and Family History, Berkshire Record Office, or at family history fairs attended by the society.

This edition holds nearly 200,000 marriage records plus more than 22,000 banns records, transcribed from details entered in 231 parish and non-parochial registers of pre-1974 Berkshire, and one parish register from neighbouring Oxfordshire. These transcriptions name well over 800,000 people, providing a rich source of information for researchers.

The earliest records date from 1538 and the most recent are from 2010. Thirty-six parishes appear for the first time with important new marriage transcriptions, including Cholsey St Mary, Faringdon All Saints, Stanford in the Vale St Denys, Steventon St Michael & All Angels and Wallingford St Mary the More. Significant additions have also been made to Binfield All Saints, Kintbury St Mary, Newbury St Nicolas, Sunninghill St Michael and Wallingford St Leonard. There are 13 new banns transcriptions, including major additions for Kintbury St Mary, Reading Greyfriars and Reading St Mary (The Minster).

Volunteers undertake transcribing on behalf of Berkshire Family History Society. Work will continue until all available Berkshire Marriages have been recorded.

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Transcriptions often reveal vital detail, not just of brides and grooms but about parents, witnesses – often relatives – and of ages, occupations, addresses and additional register notes.  Later entries usually give more information that their 16th and 17th century counterparts. Full details of parishes and periods covered can be found at

Berkshire Record Office (Reading) holds original parish registers for the pre-1974 county of Berkshire (including the Vale of the White Horse).

Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre (Chippenham) holds surviving early Bishops’ Transcripts for Berkshire (to 1835) many of which were orginally transcribed by Roger Blackman where the original registers were deficient.

Purchase of this Berkshire Marriages CD entitles the owner to a large discount on the full price of the next edition (conditions apply).

Buy or upgrade now Society members can obtain a discount using the coupon code from their current Berkshire Family Historian


Berkshire Probate Index

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Designed to be browsable and easy to search, this CD offers a detailed index of the impressive collection of 39,000 probate documents (date range 1480-1857) of the Archdeaconry of Berkshire.

The CD has nine finding aids, three overview datasets and holds details of 38,000 Berkshire men and women who left a will — or property to be assigned to others on their death.

It gives surnames, forenames, dates of probate, occupations, place names, and document types, with extra information available in many cases.

In this context, Berkshire is the pre-1974 county. It includes the parishes of North Berkshire, and those of the Vale of the White Horse.